Crazy for You | Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Brett Beiner

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 8 2017
Price: $41.60-$57.20
This radical update of George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930 hit musical Girl Crazy, a Tony Award winner back in 1992, is the Broadway equivalent of Chicken McNuggets. If you have a taste for Gershwin and can’t find anything better, it will do. The music is great, and it gives the cast many opportunities for extended dance sequences (nicely choreographed in this revival by Matt Crowle, who also directs), but Ken Ludwig’s book lets us down at every turn, numbing us with ancient jokes, stock characters, and formulaic plot twists. The show is peppered with strong performances—Clyde Alves is a lot of fun as the main character, a poor little rich boy determined to be a Broadway star—but one leaves the show wishing for the real thing. —Jack Helbig



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